7th and 8th Grade Youth and Family Ministry

Confirmation for 7th and 8th Graders on Sunday Morning

Sunday school is held between worship services, from 9:15am – 10:15am.
Sunday School/Confirmation Registration Form

Confirmation provides an opportunity for students to dive deeper into faith and grow in relationship with God, with their peers, and with adults of Shepherd of the Hills. Through this ministry students experience God and are grounded in the foundations of faith. The confirmation experience helps students understand what faith means to them, grow in it, and live it out the rest of their lives. Classes meet two times a month for two hours which consist of fellowship & fun, community building, teaching in a large group, with small group conversations. Guardian angels are assigned to each student in the confirmation program. Guardian angels pray for students and sometimes gift students at special times of the year. Their identities are revealed to students on confirmation Sunday when students affirm their baptisms during worship at the conclusion of 8th grade.

Downloads for Confirmation Students

Faith Friends

“Faith Friends” are formed through confirmation. This ministry intentionally connects an adult member of the church with two students of the same gender. Faith Friends gather regularly to get to know one another and be in faith conversations. There are also opportunities for families to gather together.

KFC (Kids for Christ) Youth Choir

KFC is for young people who love to sing and make music to worship the Lord. It is a fun group that sings a variety of styles. Presently, students range in age from 6 to 12 years old; however, students of all ages and experience are welcome. Rehearsals are scheduled around families’ availability. KFC sings during both worship services approximately once a month. Families choose if they can be present for both or just one service. Contact the Leader Pastor Darcy to find out more at pastordarcy@soth.org.

Youth Activities

Special events are planned throughout the year. These often include gatherings with high school students including service projects at a local animal shelter, packing food for students in need for ministry with Crossroads-Connections and holiday parties.

Volunteer Ministry Opportunities

SOTH loves and encourages children and youth involvement and leadership in all its ministries, including helping with worship and sharing special gifts like singing and playing instruments. Confirmation Students, 7th and 8th Graders, serve as acolytes as part of their Confirmation Experience. Contact the church office or Pastor Darcy for ways to get connected to service and ministry opportunities.

Summer Youth Events 2019

Summer Drama Camp: June 17 – 21, 2019
We are excited to offer a drama camp from 9am to 3pm, Monday-Thursday and 9am and 7pm, for a public performance on that Friday. The camp is open to rising 2nd to 8th graders and is designed to give budding (or blossomed) thespians the opportunity to develop and practice skills in theater through rehearsing and performing a production of “The Wizard of Oz”. Campers will learn basic acting skills, practice choreography and drama, and get involved behind the scenes as they enjoy the process of bringing a production to the stage in just one week! There will also be lots of fun and games. The camp’s director has 20 years experience directing summer drama camps. Cost for the camp will be $250, and $225 for additional children from the same family. Registration will be coming soon. Please contact the church office with any questions at admin@sothva.org,

Youth Mission Trip: June 23 – 28, 2019
Join us for our first Youth Mission Trip next summer. All current 6th – 12th grade students are welcome. We will be in Taylorsville NC where we will serve and learn about the strengths and struggles of marginalized rural populations. We can no longer guarantee a spot but if you are interested please let us know and we will work to secure a spot for you. Financial assistance is available.

Summer Camp at Caroline Furnace: July 14 – 19, 2019
Summer Camp campers can expect a week packed with fun! Open to those in first grade to 18. Swim, canoe, fish, creek walk, play small and large group games, challenge yourselves on low ropes course, hike, cook over a campfire, create crafts, learn archery, gain culinary skills, and explore the furnace ruins on camp property. Pastor Darcy will be present all week serving as chaplain. Visit the Caroline Furnace website at www.carolinefurnace.org for more information and registration.